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South African president Jacob Zuma gestures as he hosts his Zimbabwean counterpart, President Robert Mugabe during the 2nd Session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A senior official with South Africa's ruling ANC said on Wednesday the party must act against those involved in corruption and that the issue was a major focus of discussions within the organisation.

Zweli Mkhize, seen as a potential candidate to replace President Jacob Zuma as African National Congress head at a party conference in December, made the remarks at a mining conference in Johannesburg.

Zuma, who must step down after general elections in 2019, faces widespread allegations of corruption, making the issue a hot-button one among factions within the party keen on ridding it of his influence.

Zuma has consistently denied allegations of wrongdoing.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; editing by John Stonestreet)

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